Rail trails are on the right track to boost regions
RAIL trail fever is set to sweep through the region with a demand for more money to fill in the gaps.
In parliament this week Nanango MP Deb Frecklington pushed the state government for more funding to construct the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, in the Somerset region of the Nanango electorate.
The section between Toogoolawah and Moore has been closed since it was damaged during the 2011 and 2013 flood events.
But according to Mrs Frecklington the time has come to invest in the connecting section, making both the South Burnett and Somerset regions more attractive to adventurous and active tourists.
"Extra funding for this rail trail would be a huge boost to the Somerset region and one that I know would be warmly welcomed...," Ms Frecklington said.
The section is the largest converted trail in Queensland with approximately 70 km open between Wanora and Toogoolawah and another 44 km between Moore and Yarraman.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney announced $2 million for the Kingaroy to Murgon section of the trail less than two weeks ago.
He said work would start as soon as possible and residents can expect at least one section to be opened before Christmas this year.
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